GERMANY: FROM NUCLEAR ENERGY TO RENEWABLE SOURCES

Germany must make a swift transition from nuclear energy to renewable sources, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

She met with the heads of Germany’s 16 state governments to debate her energy blueprint for the future.

“We are making a very ambitious attempt and there is a lot of political will to at least create a framework in which not only the exit is made clear but also in which it is made clear how an independent German energy supply can be achieved without nuclear power,” said Merkel.

Her comments mark a policy U-turn amid an emerging national consensus that Germany’s 17 atomic plants should be quickly shut following Japan’s nuclear disaster.

16.04.2011